One of the first things the Bible says about the adult Jesus is that He was preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God.
“Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God” (Mark 1:14).
To assist He recruited others from all walks of life by means of the simple direction “Follow me”
“And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of
men.’ They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and they followed Him” (Matthew 4:18-22).
“As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” So he arose and followed Him.” (Matthew 9:9).
His recruiting of those prepared to follow and assist in the spread of the gospel, was successful so much so that Jesus chose twelve to be leading disciples to whom he gave the title of apostles. These twelve would become responsible for leading the recruitment of followers after Jesus’ crucifixion and ascension.
“Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, ‘Behold the Lamb of God!’ The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.” (John 1:35-37).
“And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles” (Luke 6:13).
“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people” (Matthew 4:23).
“The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen” (Acts 1:1,2).
“And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptised will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned’”
Today men and women from all walks of life are still being called out to become followers of the Lord Jesus.
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(Quotations are from the New King James Version of the Bible)
Suffering reminds us that: